Mar 042016
 

Many of our members have followed the Dying with Dignity movement for awhile now, and all seemed victorious when last year the Supreme Court gave a 1 year notice of Physician Assisted Dying becoming legal.   The legislation was meant to commence on February 6th this year, but our last federal government didn’t do enough to gather information from various groups in order to enact it in time, so when the new Liberal government took over they requested an extension.  It was granted and the time frame extended to June 6th, 2016.   As of June 6th, PAD will become legal, regardless of what legislation is in place.

In Alberta we have a slight problem though.  The vast majority of people who request PAD are already in palliative care, at the end of their lives.  The majority of palliative care beds in Alberta are owned and run by the publicly funded Catholic Covenant Health group.   The church has stated that Physician Assisted Dying is against their Catholic teachings and will not be provided at their hospital.    Here’s the issue though…you don’t get to pick which bed you are given so you can’t request a non-catholic bed, you are just assigned.

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta released this statement:

We want to be clear that, from a Catholic perspective, the intentional, willful act of killing oneself or another human being is morally wrong. Therefore, no Catholic may advocate for, or participate in any way, whether by act or omission, in the intentional killing of another human being either by assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Just this past week a Calgary woman was granted an exemption to the June 6th date but she had to travel to Vancouver to finally end her life.  This raises the issue of access to the right to die with dignity in Alberta.  
Dying With Dignity
So what can we do to help?  
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta currently have two campaigns where you can leave your feedback and views on PAD.    Help shape these policies!   Informed Consent and Conscientious Objection are available to be filled out until March 7th.   Dying with Dignity Canada have some recommendations in their toolkit to help you fill out these forms.

Alberta Health is also looking for your feedback, you can fill out their form until March 31st.

You can also write to your MLA and lend your support to the movement.

 Posted by at 2:32 PM
Jan 092016
 

We were very excited to hear that the Edmonton Public Library are hosting Sir Salman Rushdie for an event in Edmonton on February 25th.   The information from the epl website is as follows:

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”To celebrate Freedom to Read Week, EPL will welcome Sir Salman Rushdie as part of the  Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Thursday, February 25th. Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers and received a Queen’s Knighthood for his service to literature.

In line with EPL’s new approach to ticketing, seats will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, January 20th for $10 with all proceeds going to support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project. VIP tickets will also be available for $150 and will include a premium seat and a private hors d’oeuvres reception with Sir Salman Rushdie following his presentation.

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS: $10 for general admission and $150 for VIP ticket which includes a premium seat and a private reception with Sir Salman Rushdie following his presentation. Tickets go on sale  on Wednesday, January 20 at 10am.”

We will be headed to The Hat on Jasper ave afterwards, we do have a small reservation so please reply on the event listing and let us know if you are planning on attending so we can increase the reservation numbers.

 Posted by at 4:03 PM
Nov 212015
 

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“Please join us for an information forum to discuss the expansion of Alberta Health Services to include Physician Assisted Dying. A panel of professionals, with a representative from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, will describe the work done to date and will provide the public with an understanding of what the rules and safeguards may look like when Physician Assisted Dying becomes available in Alberta.

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Location: St. Albert Public Library, Forsythe Hall

Address: City Hall, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Dying with Dignity Canada is a national organization committed to improving quality of dying, expanding end-of-life choices, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.”

Sep 182015
 

festival of faiths

The Society of Edmonton Atheists have been asked to participate in the Festival of Faiths event happening tomorrow at City Hall from 10:30am until 4pm.  Please drop by and enjoy the exhibits at this free event.   There will be numerous groups with information booths for your perusal, as well as a few panel discussions including one at 11:15am on the persecution and discrimination of minority religions (we are included in this panel discussion).

The faiths that will be represented are:
Anglicanism
Atheism/Agnosticism
Baha’i
Buddhism
Cree
Falun Dafa (Falun Gong)
Eckankar
Judaism
Hinduism
Islam
Mennonite
New Thought
Sikhism
Swedenborgian
Unitarian Universalism
United Church
Wicca
Zoroastrianism

We would like to thank the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights for inviting us to participate.

 Posted by at 7:03 PM
Aug 302015
 

The Society of Edmonton Atheists are pleased to sponsor Alberta’s first secular conference featuring some amazing guest speakers and inspiring presentations!  Come join us in Red Deer the weekend of October 17th and 18th.

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Guests include Nathan Phelps (son of Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church), Matt Dillahunty (Atheist Experience),  Ali. A Rizvi (author ”The Atheist Muslim”), Rob Breakenridge (radio personality)and Shelley Segal (singer/songwriter ”An Atheist Album”)

AB secular, local guests oct

Local guests include Kathy Dawson (AIM), Bradley Peters (Dying with Dignity), , Luke Fevin (APUPIL), Lynne Honey (Grant MacEwan Prof), Scott Rowed, and Greg Hart (Critical thinking skills) .

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!   Society of Edmonton Atheists members receive a discounted rate!

order now

 http://notacon.yolasite.com/

Apr 222015
 

The Alberta provincial election is on Tuesday, May 5 – get out and vote!

You may have noticed that our usual roundtable event would also be on May 5, we will be moving it to another day, so that all our SEA volunteers can get to the ballots, and our members don’t have to choose one or the other.

The SEA does not support a particular political party; we mostly want you to go and vote, and for you to make an informed choice based on what you value when you cast your ballot. To help with that, here are some resources.

  • Elections Alberta: How to make sure you’re on the List of Electors, where to find your polling station, and information about special ballots and advanced polls.
  • VoteKit: All the basics for new voters, including video tutorials in 8 languages and opportunities to practice voting before the big day.
  • Vote Compass: A questionnaire to help you determine which political party is closest to your priorities.
  • Albert Politics: Possibly the best Alberta political blog, with links to candidate webpages and other opinion pieces.
Apr 162015
 

A Supreme Court Ruling this week has stopped prayer in municipal courts in the Quebec town of Saguenay.  You can hear Luke (one of the Society of Edmonton Atheists directors) discuss this ruling on Ryan Jesperson’s 630 ched talk show this morning.

Our Vice President Allan Bassil was also interviewed yesterday by CBC Francais, a seven minute interview cut down to a seven second soundbite, and the SEA being represented as ”militant secularists”.   You can watch the video here (it would help if you can speak french!) http://ici.radio-canada.ca/widgets/mediaconsole/medianet/7273764

What are your views on this?   Join our discussion on our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdmontonAtheists/

 

 Posted by at 7:51 PM
Mar 072015
 

Congratulations to Alexander Delorme, the winner of our Imagine No Religion Conference!
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Alexander will be headed to Vancouver in June to attend the conference, with airfare and hotel included.  We would like to give a huge thank you to Bill Ligertwood from the Kamloops Center for Rational Thought and founder of the Imagine No Religion conference for supplying SEA with this amazing prize!

Alexander’s entry can be found here: http://eedition.meridianbooster.com/doc/Lloydminster-Meridian-Booster/lloydminster_meridian_booster-0213/2015021201/#6


 Posted by at 12:07 AM
Jan 152015
 

Time to update you on what your board has been working on for you!

A GOODBYE
We’d like to say goodbye to board member Kerri, who is off travelling the world for a year with her husband.  Thanks for all your dedication to the SEA, we’ll certainly miss you!   Thanks to everyone that came out last Saturday to send her off.
Kerri's Going Away
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